New York State Senate has passed a bill on Friday allowing gay marriage in New York with a 33-to-29 vote. Gay couples and same sex marriage advocates are now eagerly awaiting for the governor’s approval.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who pushed the the gay marriage bill, is expected to sign it into a law and will take effect 30 days after.
New York City, the birthplace of gay rights movement, will become the sixth state in the U.S. to allow gay marriage following Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. New York will also become the largest state in the U.S. to grant same-sex marriage licenses.
Gay couples are expected to rush in New York after the law is signed, as it will give them hundreds of rights currently enjoyed by married couples of the opposite sex.
*Update: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo already signed the bill late Friday.